New feature "ActiveX Filtering" in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and Flash, Silverlight or other plug-in

ActiveX Filtering is a new feature introduced in IE9. ActiveX Filtering allows you to browse the Web without running any ActiveX controls.

You can read more about it in the link

ActiveX Filtering is disabled by default. You can turn it on via the Tools Menu: Tools ->Safety->ActiveX Filtering

Well, we found a few cases that when you activate ActiveX Filtering and try to play a flash video in a website, you get a notification that I must update Adobe Flash. Uninstall and reinstall Adobe Flash doesn't resolve the problem.

But when you de-select ActiveX Filtering, the videos play normally.



(1)Those Flash/Silverlight error messages appear if the correspondent ActiveX plugins are filtered on the site you visit. Turn off ActiveX Filtering for the site and all will be good. 

(2) Add the website to the trusted sites. The idea now is to add the sites that you want to play Flash or Java contents on to the trusted sites.

Then make one small configuration change by clicking custom level button in the Tool->Internet options->Security tab, scroll down until you find the entry Allow ActiveX Filtering under ActiveX controls and plug-ins. All you need to do is to change the parameter to disable and click the ok button to save the new setting.

 (3) View these webpages in Internet Explorer 9 Compatibility View.

Compatibility View forces IE to render the webpage in the IE8 document mode which does not contain the IE9 changes to the rendering engine.

To add a website to Compatibility View when you cannot get to that website, follow these steps:

  1. Start Internet Explorer
  2. Press the ALT key on your keyboard to access the Menu
  3. Click Tools and then click Compatibility View Settings
  4. Type the address of the website into the Add this website: text box
  5. Click the Add button to add the site to the Compatibility View list and then close the Compatibility View Settings window
  6. Browse back to the website again to see if the issue is resolved



The threads we found in the forum:



Comments (4)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Another trick from Microsoft to create more problems for users and IT staff, meaning less feature aim at creating more problems.

  2. Bob Brok says:

    This "feature" somehow got activated on a friends browser.

    It took me ages to find out why, oh why flash suddenly did not work on Internet Explorer.

    Since I do not use IE myself… It took me quite a while to find.

    SImply put. It wasted my time.

    I just hope this "feature" will be well known soon so that others can avoid wasting their time looking for the solution.

  3. Jonty says:

    I had this exact same problem with IE9. After active x somehow enabled, I was getting problems with flash and also silverlight. Disabled this option and running great again.

    I downloaded chrome alongside just to check flash and silverlight and everything ok on there so it was a puzzle for a while.

    I'd recommend using chrome anyway as its streets ahead.

  4. Gary says:

    Here's a question, why not change the way IE9 appears to a website when activex filtering is enabled.  There are other browsers that don't support activex and can view these websites just fine.  The issue, at least in my experience, is that the sight check to see if I'm running Internet Explorer.  When it sees that I am it automatically assumes activex controls are supported.  It would be good if the browser type were altered so that sights using legacy code could still be properly browsed without having to jump through hoops on the user end.

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